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Written Statement of Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement
Date:11/7/2007

seven new Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) units in U.S. Attorneys Offices nationwide, bringing the total number of such specialized units to 25. We are already seeing significant increases in prosecutions: in FY 2007, CHIP Units successfully convicted and sentenced 199 defendants nationwide for IP offenses, representing an 80 percent increase over the 110 defendants convicted and sentenced by CHIP Units in 2006.

In addition to the CHIP network of approximately 230 specialized prosecutors in U.S. Attorney's Offices nationwide, including the CHIP Unit districts, the Criminal Division has fourteen prosecutors in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) who focus exclusively on prosecuting intellectual property crime. These attorneys prosecute single- and multi-district cases across the country. Additionally, CCIPS conducts extensive training of foreign law enforcement on intellectual property crime and enforcement. In fact, in 2006 alone, CCIPS provided training and technical assistance to more than 3,300 foreign prosecutors, judges, and investigators from 107 countries. And in September 2006, CCIPS published a comprehensive 436- page resource manual on prosecuting intellectual property crimes. The manual is a valuable training and legal resource for prosecutors and agents nationwide, as well as for other federal agencies that have responsibilities under the STOP initiative - including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Departments of Commerce, State, and Homeland Security.

1 -- Interagency Coordination

The Department plays an active role in the President's STOP initiative, working with other federal agencies to ensure an effective government-wide approach to protecting intellectual property rights. The Department also works closely with industry and IP rights holders to strengthen the public-private partnership so essential to strong IP protection. For instan
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